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One to watch: Michaël Cuisance, Marseille's new midfield maestro

Publish on 02/11/2020 at 22:49

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Michaël Cuisance has been central - quite literally - to Olympique de Marseille's recent climb back up to sixth in the Ligue 1 Uber Eats table, but what else is there to know about the young Frenchman on loan from Bayern Munich?

A continental treble-winner with Bayern in 2019-20, and previously Borussia Monchengladbach's Player of the Season, it is easy to forget that Cuisance is still only 21 years old.

 

The left-footed midfielder arrived from Germany in the summer after a move to Leeds United broke down. The new Premier League club's loss looks to be very much Marseille's gain, with les Phocéens winning back-to-back league games since Cuisance made his French top-flight debut against Girondins de Bordeaux two weeks ago.

 

Back story:

 

Born in Strasbourg near the Franco-German border, Cuisance spent five years in RC Strasbourg Alsace's youth set-up, but it was AS Nancy-Lorraine - a certain Michel Platini's first club - who first offered him a shot at senior professional football.

 

Unfortunately for les Chardons, Gladbach made a similar offer for the then 17-year-old in 2017, and he made the move to Germany that May. Initially intended for their reserves, 27 senior appearances later and Cuisance was winning the club's Player of the Season award, as well as admiring glances from champions Bayern, who completed his signing a year later.

 

He made 15 appearances in all competitions as Bayern won the Bundesliga, DFB Cup and UEFA Champions League last season, but with the promise of more first-team minutes at the Orange Vélodrome, he joined OM on loan this summer, with Bouna Sarr moving in the opposite direction - although not as any part of that deal.

 

Michaël Cuisance, Marseille

 

Style of play:

 

Cuisance has skill and grace on the ball that left-footers seem to disproportionately enjoy, but his footballing mind is just as sharp as his control. A creative midfielder who was voted into the Team of the Tournament when France got to the semi-finals of the  UEFA European Under-19 Championship in 2018, Cuisance is also fairly physically imposing at 5'11", and although André Villas-Boas has used him at No.10 thus far, he is capable of plugging almost any gap in midfield.

 

Current campaign:

 

Cuisance played 73 minutes of Marseille's 3-1 win over Bordeaux in Round 7 and then 89 minutes of their 1-0 victory at promoted FC Lorient in Round 8, and although he didn't have a direct hand in any of the goals, he topped out both fixture for touches of the ball as well as challenges won.

 

Watch: Highlights of Marseille's 3-1 win over Bordeaux

 

 

What they said:

 

"I don't think about what's written on my contract, I'll give everything for OM, it's a great club and if they decide to buy me at the end of my loan I'll be very happy. When OM came in for me I didn't hesitate."

Cuisance in his transfer from Bayern to Marseille

 

"I'm very happy that he's here. We've targeted him for several months. He showed all his qualities in Germany. As soon as he trained with us his technique and determination were obvious. He's a very good reinforcement."

 

Villas Boas after getting his man